Better Insulation, Better Ideas

Working in the construction industry has given me some fair insights into how insulation can impact the building owners and the environment. Choosing the type and grade of insulation as well as the thickness will impact the overall energy efficiency of any structure. Some materials are manufactured with the planet in mind and these are my personal preferences to maintain our operations as being eco-friendly to the highest possible degree. I’d like to share my insights about which insulation types are the better alternatives for a more innovative approach to energy conservation.

Types of insulation and which is the best

The best insulation depends on the application and where it is needed. For example, homes which are already built most often take advantage of loose fill insulations because they can be pumped into existing walls without the need to remove any materials other than a small hole which is plugged and refinished after the process is completed.

Blanket, Batts and Roll insulation

This type comes in a format that is fairly easy to handle and to cut into precise measurements to fit into any size space. The materials used vary from Mineral wool; fiberglass; plastic fibers or natural fibers. This type is generally used when insulating structures with unfinished walls, foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. It is installed by fitting the batts or sheets in between the beams, studs, and joists. These are the most popular type for do it yourself enthusiasts and for contractors who are working with spaces with few obstructions. It is a fairly inexpensive type of insulation and when the recommended thickness is observed, it is quite effective.

Concrete Block Insulation

Foam board is the standard type of insulation used for concrete blocks. Some brands feature the infusion of foam beads into the concrete for increased R-values. These are generally placed on the exterior of the wall during new construction on the interior for existing structures. These require an expert skill level for installation and are often dry stacked and surface bonded. They help to increase the R-value of the walls for greater energy efficiency.

Loose-Fill/Blown-in Insulation

This type of insulation as alluded to earlier is the best choice for insulating existing structures. The most common materials for this type include cellulose, fiberglass or mineral wool. It is effective for use in enclosed existing walls or any open wall cavities, in unfinished attic floors or any other hard to reach places. Special equipment is needed to blow it into walls and other spaces, or it can be poured into other vacant areas if there is ample workspace.

Modern Insulation is eco-friendly

Most insulation materials manufactured today including cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool are made with recycled materials that were once considered to be waste. Fiberglass has a high content of recycled glass, mineral wool is 3/4 recycled industrial waste and cellulose is made from recycled newsprint.

Better materials with Better Benefits

The newer insulating materials are eco-friendly and they re-use materials that were once considered waste and clogged our refuse sites. An additional benefit of using the recommended insulation to seal air leaks in a building is the dramatic impact that it can have on monthly utility costs and occupant comfort. Yet another dual benefit that comes out of the situation is that we’re using far less energy while saving money to boot. I can’t make a stronger case for why your home or business should be thoroughly insulated.

Ways to Cut Your Power Dependency

I wanted to write a blog for fellow souls, those who value being green and supporting sustainability ideas. Let’s all rally around a good cause and save the planet. It is as simple as that. We don’t want to punish any businesses excessively, but we do want to stop chemical dumping practices. We want consumers to make smart choices in their products and to recycle when they can. We want, in short, more awareness and I depend on you to help me spread the word. Being green is being practical so it takes a certain kind of mind to be ecological in spirit. I value people who don’t turn their heads away from facts. I say, get real and face reality before it is too late. Now I am not one of those scare mongers so keep reading. I just want to remind people of their responsibility as citizens and to do their best to comply with what we already know about saving resources. We want to repurpose wood and metal in the construction industry and to avoid taxing the planet to give us more and more supplies.

Meanwhile I am here to provide a few handy tips that are easy for everyone to do like unplugging your phone charger when you are not using it and the job is done. I also advise using power strips and turning off lights when you are not at home. I am all about cutting power dependency today. Just look at your utility bills and you will know what kind of user you are. If you are average, then so be it. If you rank in the over-usage range according to the data, it is time to listen up. I don’t care if you can afford to be wasteful. Let’s just make an effort to conserve energy.

Here’s one idea you can adopt with little money and no effort: a fan. Yes, this simple old-fashioned device can help cut energy usage, especially in the summer when the air conditioning unit is operating at maximum level. If you want a more modern design, buying one of the best tower fan models on the market is a must. Even in winter, they circulate the air (remember, warm air needs to be moved from the heat source to be most effective) and keep you warm. No need for excessive heating from your central system.

So, I really love the idea of a fan and I recommend that you do as I did and put one or two in your home. Maybe it is not possible to get offices on board, but surely you can value the energy savings and great décor that a fan adds to your space. They come in virtually all sizes and colors. You can customize your rooms with painted or wood-stained options. Anything you like. But we all know that it is not about interior decoration. Installing a fan is the least you can do to get green and start changing your wasteful ways.